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Religious Observance Statement

  • Issuing Office: Office of the Provost
  • Issued:April 6, 2012

Policy Statement

Embodying a culturally and spiritually diverse community, Drexel University recognizes that on the occasion of important or solemn religious days, certain of its members will observe practices that preclude them from attending to their regular duties whether as faculty members or students. On the occasion of such days, it is equally important for all who do not share in these same practices to accommodate their colleagues and peers.

Drexel University supports an environment that respects the religious observances of others and is committed to make every reasonable effort to accommodate the religious observances of instructors, students, and staff.

Instructors are asked to reasonably accommodate students' religious observances in course scheduling. Instructors should provide a syllabus at the beginning of the term that specifies the examination schedule for their course and due dates for any written or oral assignments. With that information, students can then inform their instructors of any absences or conflicts with the examination / assignment schedule due to religious observances at the beginning of the quarter and well in advance of the anticipated absence. Students may be asked to provide information about their religious obligations and our hope is that they comply.

We encourage the student and his or her instructors to develop mutually agreed upon and reasonable accommodations. In the event that such accommodations cannot be developed, the student can appeal to the Dean of his or her College or School.

Instructors may request to reschedule a course meeting because it conflicts with their religious observance. Such a request should be coordinated with the Department Head and Registrar's office well in advance of the religious holiday so that accommodations can be explored.

Please visit the Provost's website to access the religious observances calendar.